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On this day in football history
- 1953 Freddie Cox, Arsenal outside right, transferred to West Bromwich Albion as player coach. Joined Tottenham Hotspur before the War and played in 9 Second Division matches before the abandonment of the League programme in September 1939. Returned to Spurs after hostilities and joined Arsenal in the summer of 1949. With the Gunners won a Cup winners' medal in 1950 and a losers' in 1952 but did not make sufficient appearances in 1952-53 to qualify for a League Championship one when they topped the First Division on goal average. He played in only 4 League games for the Albion which brought his total of peacetime appearances to 182, in which he scored 22 goals. Entered the managerial side in 1956 with Bournemouth where he had two years experience before taking over at Portsmouth. Moved to Gillingham in June 1962 and returned to Bournemouth in December 1965.
- 1956 Reading signed Jimmy Whitehouse, a reserve forward from West Bromwich Albion and he was to give the club six seasons of splendid service, playing in 227 League matches and scoring 60 goals. Given a free transfer in 1962 he joined Coventry City and then moved to Millwall during season 1964-65. In his season and a half at the Den he saw the London club rise from the Fourth Division to the Second. By the close season of 1966 he had played in a total of 311 League games and scored 85 goals.
- 1960 Eight members of Denmark's Olympic select were killed when their aircraft crashed into the sea. This was the third air disaster in which footballers had been involved. In May 1949 the entire Torino team were wiped out plus the manager, trainer and coach and in February 1958 Manchester United lost a number of officials and eight players in the notorious Munich disaster.
- 1975 UEFA decide that replays for the European Cup and Cup Winners Cup Finals are to be abandoned in favour of a penalty shoot-out.
- 1994 Brazil win the World Cup for the fourth time, beating Italy in a penalty shoot-out. The match ended 0-0 and extra time did not produce a goal. Roberto Baggio missed the decisive spot kick.
- 1995 FIFA endose the one year ban on George Graham imposed by UEFA because of revelations about transfer irregularities.
- 1998 Frenchman Gerard Houllier is appointed as joint manager of Liverpool with Roy Evans.